Final info for Saturdays League fixture at Writtle attached

juniors u13 10.30am / u15 11.00am

 ladies race start 12.00 noon -- Ladies you need to stay in Div 1 !

senior men 12.45pm start - Guys we need to get out of Div 2 !

Good luck to all

The last Saturday League fixture is scheduled for Gloucester Park on 10th Feb


The dates for the 2018 Handicaps will be

March 25th

June 24th

September 23rd or 30th

December 16th or 23rd

They are traditionally on the last Sunday of the month, but this year the way things fall I have left September and December as either or dates. Sept 30th could clash with whatever has traditionally been on the first Sunday in October, and December we now have an additional Sunday available before Christmas stuff. Hope this makes sense.



This year’s new year’s day club run will be the parkrun in Lake Meadows.

Not only is this a great chance to blow the cobwebs away, it is also a great opportunity to let all those new and returning runners keep their new year’s resolution by running with Billericay Striders on a regular basis. We are planning to take our flag to the parkrun, and if you are running, it would be great if you could wear your club top, so were easily identifiable to anyone who wants any information.

Billericay parkrun starts at 9am on New year’s day, and we are aiming to have coffee in the café post run. Those wishing to do the double, Chelmsford starts at 10.30

With the cancellation of the Juniors Training this Tuesday, this means that the last Tuesday run of 2017 will be what we call the Mince Pie Run on 19th December.

This is where Juniors and Adults all run together along the High Street dressed in our Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Tinsel etc. The Adults all running as a social group, will run left from the club up Rosebay, into Queens Park to the Potash Roundabout, then up the length of Stock Rd to the bottom of the High Street meeting the Juniors in that area outside Domino Pizza.

As that is quite a way for some of the Juniors, we will run as a social group right out of Rosebay, up to the Tyres Roundabout, along Perry Street, up Radford Way, and into the last bit of Stock Rd over the Railway Bridge.

Once all together we will stay together as a bigger social group as we run up the High Street to the Police Station as was. At the Police Station, the Seniors will then run back to the club at their own pace via London Road, Mountnessing Rd, Perry Street and Rosebay.

The Juniors will go back the way they came.

Once back at the club we will go into the bar for drinks and food, Mince Pies and the like (which the club will pay for), and everyone is welcome. Even if your Junior is not running that night you are more than welcome to come along for a drink and some snack food.

We will then be taking a break from training as Hannakins will close between Christmas and New Year, and all the Coaches (Juniors and Adults) can have some down time to recharge the batteries.

The Tuesday after New Year is the 2nd January, when the club will officially reopen, although with it still being holiday season, we do not expect great numbers that night, so we will re-commence Junior Training on Tuesday 9th January. This will also give the Junior Coaches a chance to have one session running with the Adults.

I hope you are ok with the above and look forward to seeing many of you all dressed up on Tuesday 19th December.

At the Active Essex awards at Chelmsford last night I won the award for Coach of the Year 2017 -- I am absolutely delighted about winning it  - I don't do the coaching or mentoring  work looking for reward but when recognition comes it's very nice. 

A massive ''thank you'' to you  ( and the committee)  for nominating me. I think I may be the first Strider to get an Active Essex award, certainty the first Strider's coach to be awarded Coach of the Year  - i am honoured 

Margaret was thrilled that I won  though disappointed she could not attend  --- but I was delighted that  fellow Striders our son Kieran and my good friend and training partner of thirty years Nigel ( Burvill) were able to attend the very well organised event at the Chelmsford City Racecourse last night .

Kind regards


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I am taking the decision now to call off Juniors Coaching / Training on Tuesday due to the weather. The forecast for the next couple of days is poor with the possibility of more snow tmw, and a daytime temperature of +1 at best, and for Tuesday around training time to be -2.

With Hannakins being in a dip, the pavements will in all probability remain icy with a covering of snow in places, and the field will be frozen hard too.

Therefore I am not prepared to risk harm coming to any of them, and besides they will get no benefit from running without being able to run correctly. This is also how running injuries occur let alone injuries through falling on ice.


Dave Sweet